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Aotearoa, New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

We work to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. 

Right now, you are on our Staying Well positive mental health and wellbeing section; you will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.


Spreading mental health awareness

  • We are a Kiwi charity
  • We work with amazing people
  • We run dynamic programmes
  • We focus on the Five Ways
  • We influence mental health policies
  • We provide free information
  • We break down barriers
  • We talk in plain language
  • We have a suicide prevention focus
  • We tell incredible stories
  • We walk the talk
  • We totally understand positive mental health

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Lack of options sees mother of mentally unwell teen paying $100 a night for motel

A Taranaki mother shelling out $100 a night to keep a roof over her mentally unwell son's head highlights the lack of resources which are...

Kindness in action: affecting change in youth through yoga and meditation

A new initiative to teach yoga and mindfulness to troubled youth is effecting remarkable change. Don Rowe visits with Atawhai, a new...

Govt tops up funding for Kaikōura recovery

The government will provide an extra $700,000 for Kaikōura Harbour, and another $250,000 to extend the period of free GP visits in the...

Hotel no place for children in care

MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Hotel no place for children in care

Revelations today that a young...

Writer of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why pens essay defending graphic suicide scene

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life....

Video: 'It is lonely at times' - Kate Middleton reveals her struggles with motherhood

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed her struggles with becoming a mother, saying it is "lonely" and feels "isolated" at times.

'Young people are exposed to that kind of stuff in their lives every damn day'

Lucy McSweeney is campaigning for better mental health education in schools. She gives her verdict on 13 Reasons Why.

13 Reasons Why has...

Suicidal teen put in Dunedin hotel


A vulnerable teenager was admitted to Dunedin Hospital with an overdose on Wednesday night, after authorities had...

13 conversations to have about 13 Reasons Why

Shaun Robinson, the head of the NZ Mental Health Foundation, suggests 13 ways you can start a conversation with young people about the...

Teen suicide show 13 Reasons Why defended as outcry rages

Mental health campaigner and comedian Mike King is defending a controversial teen series which is under fire by mental health experts,...

Debate necessary to improve NZ's mental health services, says Dr John Crawshaw

The man in charge of our mental health services says it's good that we're having a debate about how to meet people's mental health needs....

Mental health inquiry 'can't turn into political football', advocates urge

A damning new report demanding an urgent funding increase for the country's mental health services, has lifted the lid on the quality and...

Messages of hope: Moving account from woman who 'couldn't see any way out'

Jazz Thornton remembers exactly how she felt right before she tried to take her own life.

Completely lost, completely alone, thinking...

13 Reasons Why glorifies suicide in the worst way |


I didn't like 13 Reasons Why. Should I be expecting a tape tomorrow?

The show is based on a girl named Hannah and begins...

New Zealand couple attempting to set world record with Princess Leia gathering

There can only be one Carrie Fisher, but there can be more than 600 Princess Leias.

At least, that's the hope of a Porirua couple who are...
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